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The first scientific forum dedicated to the antiquities of the Sinai Peninsula and the Canal cities was organized this October under the direction of the Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khālid al-ʿAnānī.  Al-Waṭan presents the following review of the most prominent of these diverse monuments from...
One year ago, Egypt witnessed an unprecedented terror attack on her territory, urging, hence, to implement new mechanism in its war on terror, radical thought, deterring actions against extremism, leaving behind inherited tradition, and raising awareness. The victims of al-Rawḍa Mosque, who were...
Dr. ʿAbd al-Raḥīm Rihān, Director General of Research and Archaeological Studies and Scientific Publications in Sinai at the Ministry of Antiquities, gave a lecture about St. Catherine Monastery and its spiritual and historical significance. In the context of the first scientific forum for Sinai...
Background: The interviewee is an English lady working as a marketer for a project that aims to support Bedouin women in North Sinai, Egypt. The project is funded by a Dutch NGO, and is focused specifically on bringing women together for embroidery and weaving. The Bedouins traditionally live a...
A source within the Muslim Brotherhood told Sadā al-Balad that the organization was behind the armed attack on a bus carrying Egyptian judges in the city of al-’Arīsh in the north of the Sinai peninsula. Three judges were killed and two more were injured. This attack comes hours after the...
Women in Port Said condemn the terrorist work in Arish  The Port Said branch of the National Council of Women has condemned the actions of terrorists that took place in front of the third department of Al-Arish, resulting in the deaths of a number of military and policemen. Its president, engineer...
The American 'Time' Magazine published an article entitled "What Scares the Sinai Bedouin: the Rise of the Radical Islamists" which talks about the rising of Extreme Islamic groups in Sinai, represented in the 'Takfīr wal-Hijrah' organization, raise concerns from the Bedouins side, because the...
The following lines provide a resume of the history of the celebration of the Holy Family celebrated annually in the Upper Egyptian village of Jabal al-Tayr. Moreover, the media shed light on the influence of the financial crisis in Egypt on the celebration.
The author discusses Bishop Yūhannā al- Naqyūsī’s historical account of the seventh century Arabian conquest of Egypt and refutes the claims mentioned either by him or the Abyssinian translator about the brutality of the Arabs when they entered Egypt.
70 fanatics in Alexandria were arrested on suspicions of belonging to al-Qā‘idah. The Islamic group claims that they are innocent of the attempt to assassinate the author Nagīb Mahfūz.
The author emphasizes that Egypt is witnessing a wave of terrorism, listing a number of fields, where the state could make efforts to deal with this serious problem.
The article discusses the weekly Friday sermon and the poor performance of the preachers, whom many view as insufficient to stand on the minbar [a pulpit inside the mosque] and deliver sermons to Muslim worshippers.
Dr. ‘Abd al-Mun‘im Sa‘īd believes that the two-year extension of the 25-year-old emergency law was vital after terrorist attacks rocked Dahab, Rafah, al-‘Arīsh, Tābā, Cairo and Sharm al-Sheikh.
The incidents of the past couple of weeks showed a lack of political strength. They also refuted the claims of those who believe that democracy brings instability, for they occurred in spite of the existence of the emergency law, political centralization and the exceptional powers granted to...
A reported assault on the imām of the Umm al-Qura Mosque in al-‘Arīsh, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Abd al- Hamīd, by Major Muhammad Ridā of the State Security Intelligence (SSI), has provoked outrage among Sinai mosque imāms.
Jennifer Drago, an American Christian volunteer who is living with her family in Upper Egyptian provincial town Banī Suwayf (Beni Suef), reflects on her experiences at a beach camp with Coptic orphan girls. Her article shows that the mentality of Egyptian Muslims and Christians is often strikingly...
A bus accident in Nuweba´ left 22 dead and 23 injured, all Christians. President Mubarak has sent a special airplane to transfer the victims to military hospitals. Pope Shenouda thanked him for his care for the victims.
Discussions have been taking place between the Muslim Brotherhood and Coptic groups. Some issues have been controversial, like finance and support for the Brotherhood from abroad, but there has been a proposal that the Brotherhood and Copts make a unified list for the local elections.
A revolutionary religious group will never know a thing about political dreams because their ideas are just a collection of hallucinations. The author critiques the Palestinian revolutionary groups.

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